The list of the top colleges for gay and lesbian students doesn’t include any campuses in Georgia, which is surprising given the progressive cultures at Emory and Agnes Scott. On the flip side, none of the most anti-gay campuses are in the state, either.
That’s according to the Princeton Review’s latest college rankings, “The Best 371 Colleges.” The Top 20 lists come from surveys of more than 122,000 students and look at 62 categories, including “gay community accepted.” Colleges are ranked under two lists — “Is there very little discrimination against homosexuals?” and “Alternative lifestyles not an alternative.”
The top campus for gay students is New York University, with Stanford coming in second. Only two Southern schools crack the top 20 — New College of Florida at 3 and Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. at 16.
Wheaton College in Illinois ranks as the least friendly for gay students. The top 20 includes others you’d expect, such as Brigham Young in Utah and Baylor in Texas. Just two Southern schools — Samford in Birmingham and Auburn — reached the top 20.
Speaking of our local campuses, Agnes Scott ranks 19 on the list of Stone-Cold Sober Schools, UGA comes at 12 for Best Athletic Facilities, Emory ranks 13 for Best College Library, Georgia Tech at 2 for Least Accessible Professors and Spelman College hits 16 for Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch.